February 23, 2009
"Our students reach out and help others in a multitude of ways, and we are very proud of their work. In addition to the impact these experiences have on those who receive assistance, they also have shaped the perspectives of the student volunteers in ways that are often life-changing," said Daniel J. Bradley, president of Indiana State.
The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
Indiana State students were engaged in a variety of activities - from mentoring children and helping struggling readers to improve their skills to working with small companies and non-profits, organizing music and fitness programs and teaching alcohol and substance abuse curriculum.
Thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment, Indiana State's Liberal Learning in Action program provides support for faculty to develop course-based experiences that utilize community-based learning. Students in specific academic fields completed community projects such as lead testing, organizing a fitness program for elementary students, creating a writing and theater program at a local middle school and creating a graffiti database in conjunction with the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office.
According to ISU's Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, more than 5,000 Indiana State students were engaged in community service programs and activities, contributing a total of 240,000 hours.
"Our students, staff and faculty members are committed to the community," said Nancy Rogers, the center's director. "While applying what they have learned in the classroom, they see the value to the organizations they are working with and to themselves. From learning new skills to seeing other ways to apply their degree, it enhances their learning experience," Rogers said.
"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Indiana State for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."
The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.
Contact: Nancy Rogers, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, 812. 237.2335 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or email@example.com
Indiana State University has once again been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. Indiana State was first recognized for its efforts in 2006.